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    Neuropsychological and Psychological Testing

    What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

    A neuropsychological evaluation provides detailed information about how a person is functioning in areas such as:

    Verbal Reasoning

    Executive Functioning


    Processing Speed


    Problems Solving Skills

    Visual Spatial Skills

    Fine Motor Skills

    Emotional Problems 

    Social Skills

    Behavioral Difficulties

    Testing can provide valuable information about an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in the areas tested, changes in cognitive functioning after an injury, learning style, and can be used to diagnose a variety of mental health conditions.  This information can then be given to a mental health provider, doctor, or school to create a treatment plan, interventions, or accommodations that address each individual’s unique needs. 

    What is the difference between a neuropsychological and a psychological evaluation?

    A neuropsychological evaluation is an in-depth assessment of skills and abilities linked to brain functions.  Basically, it can tell us how weaknesses or strengths in areas of brain functioning affect learning, behavior, and thinking skills.  A psychological evaluation may include some of the same tests as a neuropsychological evaluation, but its primary purpose is to evaluate the nature and extent of mental illness. 

    What does the evaluation involve?

    The evaluation involves an initial interview followed by the administration of standardized tests and questionnaires at a later date.  After the in-person portion of the assessment is completed, the remainder of the evaluation process occurs “behind the scenes.” This is where I score the tests, interpret the results, and write a comprehensive report that includes recommendations which can be shared with a school or with your treatment provider(s).  We will also schedule a meeting to discuss the results of the evaluation.  You will have an opportunity to ask questions, clarify anything you do not understand, and discuss the recommendations I have made.   

    Will insurance cover the cost of the evaluation?

    Insurance typically covers most but not all costs of an evaluation.  Out of pocket expenses may include a deductible, coinsurance, and/or copayment. Furthermore, insurance will only cover testing that is considered “medically necessary.”  They will not authorize testing that they consider to be primarily for educational purposes including academic/achievement testing.  In some cases, insurances may not cover testing for neurologically based conditions such as ADHD or executive functioning deficits.  Document review, consultation with other treating providers, and school consultation services are also not covered by insurance.  At the end of the initial appointment, we will have a chance to discuss whether the evaluation would be considered medically necessary and how much you may be expected to pay out of pocket.  

    What conditions or concerns do you evaluate?

    I assess a variety of psychological and neurodevelopmental conditions including:



    Behavioral Issues

    Learning Problems

    Mood Disorders

    Personality Disorders

    Cognitive Concerns

    Social-Emotional Functioning

    If you are interested in an evaluation or would like more information about testing, please feel free to contact the office.